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EU Smart Move High Level Group: Have your say

Believe it or not, the first of its kind EU public-private Smart Move High Level Group is now a fact of life. Since May this year, four leading Members of the European Parliament, the various services of the European Commission, the EU Committee of the Regions and its Economic and Social Committee have joined the representatives of the bus and coach sector, its customers and European cities to design a road map for the future of the bus and coach business in Europe – both city and intercity.


The High Level Group plans to present its recommendations to the European Commission Vice President, Siim Kallas, around mid-2013. By that time, Members of the High Level Group will be busy working on three main topics:

  • Intercity and long distance bus and coach regular lines,
  • Group tourism by coach,
  • Urban transport and commuting, including taxis.

Group tourism by coach

Europe is the world’s top tourist destination, with more than 40% of all global tourist arrivals, both amongst Europeans and visitors from other continents. These figures are expected to grow significantly in the future. Yet, within these 370 millions tourist trips in Europe, the share of those made by coach is still marginal. The potential of this safe, green and comfortable door-to-door way to travel and visit Europe’s numerous places of interests is largely underexploited.


Something to share?

Help us come up with the next policy breakthrough:

send us your ideas, best practices or submit questions you would like the Smart Move High Level Group to address at its next session!

Join the community

The High Level Group invites all interested public and private stakeholders and citizens to contribute with ideas, concrete proposals and best practices on how to increase – indeed double – the use of this safe, green, efficient and most affordable mode of moving people in Europe:

  • Either by making use of the “contribute” to the debate button on the left, or

Your contributions will be summarised and presented to the High Level Group at the relevant working meetings up until 21 February 2013. Structured presentations, relevant publications and studies, Internet links to key best practices etc. will also be published on the webpage of the Smart Move High Level Group.


We look forward to hearing your ideas.

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